In March 2016, many refugees were relocated from Athens or Greek islands to Epirus region for a long term accommodation. Our organisation was asked for an urgent help specifically in Doliana camp, which is located in a very rural place, about 50km away from Ioannina. Our members and volunteers helped out at Doliana Camp starting with the very first days. The urgent work was to assign refugees to rooms (which were very limited since the building was an abandoned school), to distribute food, to make a list with urgent necessities (clothes, diapers, baby food, medicine, etc) and to distribute donations to refugees. We also managed the translation between municipality workers and the refugees and from the first weeks we started to provide children with sports activities and drawing.
Since May 2016, youth workers and volunteers of YCE prepared and started to realize a recreational activity program for young people and children of Doliana camp. The activity program consisted of spor and arts & crafts activities. In addition to our regular activities at the camp, our volunteers also assisted few needs of MSF (Doctors without borders),like colouring the doctor's offices in 2 camps, building a tent for medical needs at one camp and distributing hygiene kits in all camps of Epirus.
During 2016, Youth Center of Epirus youth workers and volunteers got a short training course in work with Refugees from Mercy Corps and participated in an international research project about youth work with refugees, click here to read about the project and to download the guidebook for youth workers that work with refugees.
In October 2016, YCE implemented an international Erasmus+ youth exchange project through which we promoted volunteerism for refugees' integration in Europe.